I know I’m not the only parent who struggles to feed my children a balanced diet, filled with a plethora of fruits and vegetables. And goodness knows, when we struggle, we aren’t much fun. I am really excited to share a guest post from my friend, Kia, the founder of Today I Ate A Rainbow, an interactive tool that helps parents establish healthy eating habits by setting the goal of eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day!
Kia’s tool makes it fun to feed kids a balanced meal – even if you tend to be on the stressed-out side. And I’m going to give one away (see below for how you can enter!) In the meantime, take it away Kia…
There can be a misconception that healthy eating is expensive, the truth is it can actually save you money! Here are some ideas to keep your costs down while making healthy food choices:
Do your grocery shopping once a week. Every time we go to the store for just one or two items we usually end up walking out with a cart full! By going only once a week, you eliminate the possibility of spending more money!
Plan Plan Plan! Come up with some meal and snack ideas for the week. Make a shopping list based on those meals and then stick to the list! Don’t be tempted by impulse items once you are grocery shopping. Having a list and buying just the items on it will help a lot.
Do the majority of your shopping around the perimeter of the store where you’ll find all your basics (fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and breads) the middle aisles are where they keep the “convenient” processed food products that aren’t necessarily healthy and can wreck your budget if you’re not careful. Or course this is not to suggest that you have to make all your food from scratch! Just an awareness that the healthier foods are generally found around the outer perimeter of grocery stores!
Make meatless meals one day a week. On those days you can easily get your protein from bean, nuts, seeds and grains.
Home cooked meals. Cooking at home can be much healthier and cheaper than eating out. You are in control of the ingredients (like salt and sugar amounts) and you’ll probably end up with leftovers for another meal! Getting the whole family involved with preparing a meal whenever possible is also a great way to spend some time together!
Try growing a garden. You don’t necessarily need a big garden space. You could start with some planter boxes or even just a small herb garden in a windowsill! Gardening is a really great experience for kids!
Famer’s Markets are a great place to get your Rainbow of produce! You are supporting your local farmers and getting fresh produce that hasn’t had to travel for miles and miles. I’ve heard that if you go to the market towards the end of their day you can sometimes get an even better price because they are very interested in getting rid of their stock…just something to consider!
And finally…Never shop on an empty stomach
“Today I Ate A Rainbow!™” is an interactive nutritional chart that makes eating fruits and vegetables fun for your children! Consisting of a colorful rainbow chart and bright cartoon magnets this tool will allow your children to easily track the fruits and vegetables they eat throughout the day.
If you’d like to enter to win a Today I Ate a Rainbow Kit, simply do one or more of the following. A random winner will be chosen at 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, March 7:
- Leave a comment below telling us your best tip for choosing which fruits and vegetables to purchase.
- Follow Today I Ate a Rainbow on Facebook and tell Kia that you are there for the What’s Cooking with Kids giveaway
- Follow What’s Cooking with Kids on Facebook and mention that you are there for the Today I Ate a Rainbow Kit giveaway